Review: Every Day

Every Day

Title: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Published: August 28th 2012
Received From: Gizmo’s Reviews
Purchase: Book Depository | Amazon
A is a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Every Day is unlike anything I’ve ever read yet there’s a familiarity to it. There are a lot of things I loved about this book but also things I equally disliked.

I loved the writing, the words felt like a train impacting on my heart – it’s heavy, bittersweet, sad, hopeful and beautiful. It’s very effective in conveying A’s circumstances and I felt like I saw and appreciated so many different lives even though they each spanned a chapter.

I am very grateful to have known A, I like that A is a genderless being and I love A’s thoughts, voice and perspective. A offers so much to the reader, A makes me want to view the world differently and I think it’s amazing that David Levithan created a character that has that type of impact. A is not without flaws as there were times the character frustrated me and I struggled to accept some of the things A did.

I can’t say I was ever drawn to Rhiannon, I thought she was strange and interesting and there were times I liked the influence she had on A but I never connected to her though she played an essential role..

A’s obsession with Rhiannon was a bit sickening/overbearing at times and it took some of the enjoyment out of reading the book. As soon as the novelty of the concept of a new life everyday wore off I thought some chapters dragged. By the time I finished it I felt unsatisfied, I felt like certain plot points were left unanswered but like A says:
“There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.”

Every Day is not a book I fell in love with, it’s a book to be absorbed, it’s a book to make one think and appreciate, it’s a slow build up of feelings while reading. I struggled with rating this book but though it’s 3.5 stars now it’s the kind of book that grows on me the more I think about it so in the future it might even be one of my favourite reads. I think everyone should read Every Day, the story may have been a bit shaky for me but the ideas and views in it should be read, known and remembered.

3.5 Stars

One thought on “Review: Every Day”

  1. Vivian

    I’ve seen this one around a lot, and the sound of A is definitely unique and so original in the YA world these days! There are always going to be those books that have important ideas and messages that may be hard to enjoy but should be read. That’s super wise of you to mention that! Lovely review as always, Isa!

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